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by Heavy_D
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2815

Re: Gourd questions

Thank you for the responses.

I'll try to post some pictures when the weather and my work schedule allow.
by Heavy_D
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2815

Gourd questions

Here in Kansas City we are cold and snowy but the Martins will be back soon! This will be my third year trying and I had many more visitors in year 2 than year 1. Last year I added the "Create a Rack Gourd Arms" below the house. Does the angle at which the gourds hang matter to the martins. I set up...
by Heavy_D
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY pair visited today
Replies: 20
Views: 2803

Re: SY pair visited today

I agree. They were back again this morning. Don't know if it's the same pair or a new one and don't know if they are just visitors from another colony but he was going into the same cavities as before and trying to call her in but she was not as interested. It makes me feel like a landlord for a few...
by Heavy_D
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do Unsuccessful SY Male Bachelors Return?
Replies: 7
Views: 1136

Re: Do Unsuccessful SY Male Bachelors Return?

I have wondered the same thing.

I have had on and off visitors for the last couple weeks. There was another pair this morning. I don't know if it's the same SY male and female or not but He goes for the same cavity each time and attempts to lure her in but she's never quite convinced.
by Heavy_D
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How long do SYs keep trying?
Replies: 2
Views: 450

How long do SYs keep trying?

Just when I had given up on my 2nd year an SY pair visited this afternoon for about 30 minutes. The male was attempting to convince the female to check things out.

How long will martins attempt to nest? I'm in the Kansas City area.
by Heavy_D
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY pair visited today
Replies: 20
Views: 2803

Re: SY pair visited today

For whatever reason they have moved on.

I have had twice as many visitors than last year so I feel good that the martins can find me. Hopefully next year.
by Heavy_D
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Site Fidelity Question
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Site Fidelity Question

Are both male and female drawn back to the same location each year or just the male? Does site fidelity only occur if they successfully mate and raise their young there? This is my second year and have had more visitors than last year but despite some nest building activity from an SY pair and an so...
by Heavy_D
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY pair visited today
Replies: 20
Views: 2803

Re: SY pair visited today

The previously mentioned SY pair has mysteriously moved on.

Now there is a very interested ASY pair that have been checking things out. They haven't spent the night yet but were here several times today including a lot of gourd hopping.

Hopefully they'll commit tomorrow.
by Heavy_D
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: sy pair in wi.
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: sy pair in wi.

Since my earlier post the ASY pair was back without the 3rd wheel SY male. They were in and out of gourds for about 15 minutes. He was vocalizing a lot toward her from the gourds. They departed for the night so they don't appear to be staying the night on site just yet. Hopefully tomorrow they'll co...
by Heavy_D
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: sy pair in wi.
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: sy pair in wi.

I have the same thing going on the last couple of days in Kansas City.
ASY pair visited this morning and again this late afternoon. The male was very interested but the female was not as willing. There was what I'm guessing was an SY male hanging around with them.
by Heavy_D
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY pair visited today
Replies: 20
Views: 2803

Re: SY pair visited today

Sunday was busy there were some additional SY visitors briefly circling and the male was very vocal to try and bring them in. Haven't seen them much yesterday or today but it's difficult to keep an eye on things due to work. This evening I tapped on the pole to see if there was any activity. Nothing...
by Heavy_D
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY pair visited today
Replies: 20
Views: 2803

Re: SY pair visited today

The pair have been around for several days now. I observed one of them bringing in nest material. I observed them circling overhead at sunset but didn't observe them enter the house after dark. I'll watch for them Sunday morning.
by Heavy_D
Thu May 31, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY pair visited today
Replies: 20
Views: 2803

Re: SY pair visited today

Thank you for the input.
by Heavy_D
Wed May 30, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY pair visited today
Replies: 20
Views: 2803

SY pair visited today

I had an SY pair visiting this evening for several hours! They went in and out of the gourds and the cavities in the house. They left at about 7:30 this evening.

Will SY pairs depart in the evening until they decide to build a nest?

Parkville MO
by Heavy_D
Thu May 24, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subbies
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Subbies

Still Hopeful up here around Kansas City.
by Heavy_D
Tue May 15, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is there still time this year to attract Martins?
Replies: 6
Views: 629

Re: Is there still time this year to attract Martins?

My first year was last year and I had an SY male show up May 14th. He was gone about 2 weeks and returned about June 3rd with a mate. They made a nest and laid two eggs. Unfortunately, shortly after the 2nd egg was laid the female disappeared. I assume a hawk got her while she was off the nest. I ha...
by Heavy_D
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2" pole vs 3" pole
Replies: 5
Views: 738

Re: 2" pole vs 3" pole

Thank you for the responses.
by Heavy_D
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2" pole vs 3" pole
Replies: 5
Views: 738

2" pole vs 3" pole

I'm going to upgrade from a telescoping pole to the Multi purpose pole (MPP) and am wondering what are the factors used to decide on the 2" pole or upgrading to the 3" pole.
by Heavy_D
Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I have 2 pair now!
Replies: 28
Views: 3515

Re: I have 2 pair now!

He was around all day and regularly had a female going in and out of the cavities checking things out. At times there were 2-3 others circling around.
by Heavy_D
Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I have 2 pair now!
Replies: 28
Views: 3515

Re: I have 2 pair now!

Congratulations! This is my first year and an SY male showed up Friday evening and has been around all day Saturday and is back again today. Hope he finds a mate!

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